Friendly Fire Pack 10 contains eight scenarios featured in the Friendly Fire 2015 ASL tournament.
Villers-Vermont, France, June 7, 1940: General Erwin Rommel's 7. Panzer-Division crossed the Somme river on 5 June, and continued west cross-country in box formation. Two days later, at the road through the village of Villers-Vermont two Laffly W15T CC self-propelled guns of the 54e batterie d'anti-chars automoteurs were set up in an ambush position. The situation was chaotic; the roads were full of civilians, and French armored cars operating in the area. The French guns remained silent and concealed until the German tanks were not more than 100 meters away.
FrF78 No Glory in War
Demyansk, Russia, September 7, 1941: The Landser of Infanterie-Regiment 4, 32. Infanterie-Division were weary and in a bad mood. The weather was cold and rainy, the ground slippery and difficult to traverse. Fortunately for the tired infantry, they would be carried into battle by the tracked steel horses of Panzer-Regimemt 27. Ahead of the German combat group were elements of the badly mauled Russian 34th Army, which in the previous month had lost about half of its troops. The Russian morale was low, and as many as 50% of the wounded were suspected cases of self-mutiliation.
FrF79 Saving the Center
Yakushkino, Russia, January 27, 1942: The Red Army mustered strength for an ambitious operation, aimed to destroy Army Group Center. The Kalinin and Western Fronts would press German forces westward from Moscow, and simultaneously attack from the south and north to meet at Vyazma. Not unlike the victory over Charles XII's Swedish army at Poltava two centuries earlier and that over Napoleon's army a century ago, the Russian army would behead the invader in one fatal blow. The 8th Airborne Brigade would be dropped southwest of Vyazma to complete the encirclement.
FrF80 Breaking Bad
Porsea, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, March 14, 1942: After the official surrender of the KNIL to the Japanese on March 9, the Dutch commanders of the 9,000 troops on Sumatra decided to fight on to protect the evacuation of Dutch civilians. Three days later, the Japanese landed some 22,000 battle-hardened troops to end this resistance. The Dutch struggled to conduct a fighting withdrawal, as one strongpoint after another was outflanked and overwhelmed by the experienced Japanese. One mobile unit under Lieutenant Van de Ploeg showed more mettle.
FrF81 Across the Rio Grande
Jandeba, Russia, May 16, 1942: When most of the snow had melted, Russian patrols showed increased audacity. The Finnish supply route, located dangerously close to the Jandeba stream, was repeatedly attacked by Russian artillery and infantry guns. In order to relieve the pressure on the supply route, Swedish volunteers were ordered to attack and advance the front line. Two Swedish platoons, led by Captain Rickard Nilsson and Lieutenant Planck, silently crossed the improvised bridges across Jandeba — or, as they referred to it, the Rio Grande.
FrF82 Riders on the Storm
La Coucourde, France, 26 August 1944, August 26, 1944: Hitler's intransigence in the face of the Allied breakthroughs in Normandy and Provence had put Army Group G in southern France at risk of annihilation. On the afternoon of August 25, American forces managed to block the Rhône valley road with tanks and infantry north of Montelimar at La Coucourde. The headquarters of the Nineteenth Army was now encircled. General Wietersheim, commanding 11. Panzer-Division, immediately ordered all available units to attack the enemy from on the move.
FrF83 Phantom Army
Markendorf, Germany, April 16, 1945: Between Markendorf and Hohen-walde, Kampfgruppe Krauss manned a defensive line. The Reichsautobahn leading from the city to Berlin, just to the north, was to defended "at all costs". The German infantry were detailed from a fortress regiment and reinforced and led by an SS assault gun unit. From the east came soldiers in German uniforms, shouting "Don't shoot, comrades". They were Seydlitz troops, named after the General captured at Stalingrad, who subsequently sided with the Russians and attempted to scramble a German anti-Nazi force.
FrF84 Bazooka Town
Kirchborchen, Germany, March 30, 1945: In March 1945 General Rose's 3rd Armored Division was on its drive towards Paderborn, a major town in northern Westphalia. German resistance on the way there was mostly unorganized and un-determined. That changed when SS-Brigade "Westfalen" was released from the nearby Sennelager training grounds. Consisting of experienced officers and NCOs, but unseasoned troopers, the brigade was one of the few units in the area which could provide serious resistance. At Kirchborchen the Americans had their first engagement with the SS unit.
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